Christmas Eve Worship

Hope you will join us for our candle-lit Christmas Eve Worship at 7 pm on Dec. 24 in our Sanctuary. What a wonder-filled night as we celebrate that God’s love has come to dwell among us in Jesus of Nazareth! Come and welcome your HOPE!

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All are welcome at our come-as-you-are, family-friendly service.  Casual clothing is fine.  Invite your family and friends to come.  We will have a blended style of worship, combining contemporary and traditional elements; sharing Communion which is open to all who know or seek a relationship with Jesus; and candle-lighting while singing Silent Night, Holy Night.   It is a beautiful service!

Recognizing the incredible gift that God has given to us in Jesus, and that it is Jesus’ birthday we celebrate, we invite you to share a Christmas gift to Jesus by contributing to the Imagine No Malaria campaign.  So far, through this effort, we have helped save 185 lives in Africa.  $10 saves a life by helping provide bed-nets to protect against malaria, educate the people, communicate behavior change, and provide medical treatment.  Our goal is to save 217 lives — one life for each member of our church.   If we raise more than is needed to reach our goal, we will use any additional monies to serve people in crisis in our community through our Benevolence Fund.

Fellowship Dinner, Wed at 6 pm

Hope you can join us for our church-wide dinner in the Fellowship Hall at 6 pm on Wednesday.  And then stick around for a time of spiritual growth through our children’s, youth, and adult’s faith programs.  Our Fellowship Dinners will continue each Wednesday until Thanksgiving.

What’s Happening, Dec. 7

Raise the Roof!  The roof on the Sanctuary and Education Building has been completed!  We expect work to begin on the Wesley Center around the first of the year.  The projected cost of the project is $37,00.  We welcome your donation to help take care of our buildings that serve as our hub for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with our community and world.  Checks can be made payable to Bluff City UMC and write “Raise the Roof!” in the memo line.

Betty will be out of the office from Thursday, December 20 and Wednesday, December 26. Volunteers are needed to cover the phones, fold bulletins and be available to our members. If you could spare some time on either of these afternoons, please contact Betty at the church office.

Poinsettias for Christmas. ONLY 7 REMAIN—The Worship Committee ordered 30 poinsettias to decorate the Sanctuary and Wesley Center alters for Christmas. You may now sign up and purchase a plant to honor or in memory of a loved one. The sign up and purchase envelope will be in the church office. These flowers are available at $5.00 each on a first come/first serve basis.

The Children’s Christmas program will be on Sunday, December 16. After the program, the children will be taking up donations to go to Heifer International. Heifer International works in the areas of livestock and agriculture to develop programs that help with hunger and poverty worldwide. The children will choose a gift to send for a missions project. If you would like more information about Heifer International, their website is http://www.heifer.org. Also, after the program, refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring your favorite finger food.

Bluff City Music Club invites you to “Holiday Melodies,” a concert of favorite Christmas music featuring organ, piano, and flute, Sunday, December 9, at 3:00 p.m. at Bluff City United Methodist Church.

Our annual Christmas potluck dinner will be Sunday, December 23, immediately following the Traditional Service in the Fellowship Hall. The meat will be furnished by the church. Please bring your favorite side dish, salad, or dessert.

Sunday, Dec. 16th at 2:00pm.  Oakley-Cook Funeral Home presents IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE.  Come enjoy this classic holiday movie starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.  Join us before the movie at 1:00 pm for additional entertainment as Rex Ward plays the Mighty Wurlitzer organ, and both Sullivan East Barbershop Quartet and Sullivan East Bluegrass Band perform in the lobby.  FREE tickets available at the Paramount Box Office and all patrons are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry.

 

What’s Happening, Nov. 29

Sunday, Dec. 2, begins our season of Advent, leading up to the Christmas season.  Advent is a season of the church year during which we prepare our hearts for Christ’s coming.  Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians.  Liturgical — from liturgy, which means the forms and functions of public worship.  The dates of Advent vary each year, but it always contains the four Sundays before Christmas Day.

Sunday, December 9, is Invite A Friend Sunday.  We would like each person who regularly attends worship to be praying specifically for someone and to invite them to come to worship that Sunday.  We will celebrate Invite A Friend Sunday the second Sunday of each month.  Of course, you can invite a friend to come any time, but we hope you will make a special effort for Invite A Friend Sundays.  The Advent/ Christmas seasons are great times to invite someone!

Raise the Roof!  The roof on the Sanctuary and Education Building  has been completed!  We expect  work to begin on the Wesley Center in a few weeks.  The projected cost of the project is $36,561.  We welcome your donation to help take care of our buildings that serve as our hub for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with our community and world.  Checks can be made payable to Bluff City UMC and write “Raise the Roof!” in the memo line.

Can you give an hour or two to help in the church office?  Betty will be out of the office on Thursday, December 20 and Wednesday and Thursday, December 26 and 27.    Volunteers are needed to cover the phones, print and fold  bulletins and be available to our members.  If you could spare an hour on  either of these days, that she will be gone, please contact Betty at the church office.

Poinsettias for Christmas.  The Worship Committee has ordered 30 poinsettias to decorate the Sanctuary and Wesley Center alters for Christmas.  You may now sign up and purchase a plant to honor or in memory of a loved one.  The sign up and purchase envelope will be in the church office.  These flowers will be available at $5.00 each on a first come/first serve basis.

The Children’s Christmas Program is scheduled for Sunday,  December 16.  After the program, the children will be taking up donations to go to Heifer International.  Heifer International works in the areas of livestock and agriculture to develop programs that help with hunger and poverty worldwide.  The children will choose a gift to send for a missions project.  If you would like more information about Heifer International, their website is http://www.heifer.org.  Also, after the program, refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall.  Please bring your favorite finger food to share.

Bluff City Music Club invites you to “Holiday Melodies,” a concert of favorite Christmas music featuring organ, piano, and flute, on Sunday, December 9, at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

The Combined Cluster Choir will be lead in Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 9, at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary.  There will be refreshments immediately following in the Fellowship Hall.  Please bring your favorite finger food to share.

 

Help recover from area flooding

Our Johnson City District is helping respond to area flooding. Here is some info on how you can help:

Cleaning (Flood) Buckets Needed
You can help!
Dear Friends,

Holston Conference Early Response Teams are deploying to Johnson City District to assist with muck out/clean up of 80 homes. The number of homes affected is expected to grow as more assessments are completed.

The conference will also be delivering UMCOR Cleaning Buckets from their stockpile to assist with this clean up.They have asked for help from all districts in assembling Cleaning Buckets to replace those that are being used in our area.

If you are interested in helping, you can find the list and instructions below. Please deliver completed buckets to the District Office, 2615 S Roan Street, Suite 106, Johnson City (located in Cherokee UMC adjacent to Cokesbury). We are open Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 to 5:00 and Friday from 9:00 to 3:00.

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, only trained Early Response Teams should enter the flood area to work. We will notify you when additional volunteer teams are needed both at the camp and in homes.

Johnson City District UMC
Betty Barton

UMCOR Cleaning Bucket

What’s Going On, July 14, 2012

Sunday, July 22, 3:00 pm, at Wesley Memorial UMC — The Committee on District Superintendency invites all clergy and laity of the Johnson City District to join us for a worship service to welcome Dr.  Walter Weikel as the new Johnson City District Superintendent.   A reception will follow.

Volunteers Needed!  Betty will be out of the office from Wednesday, July 18—Thursday, July 26.  Volunteers are needed to cover the phones, print and fold bulletins and be available to our members.  If you could spare an hour on  either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday that she will be gone, please contact Betty at the church office by Tuesday, 7/17.

The 4th annual BUFFALO BASH  will be held Saturday, July 28th from 10am—2 pm.  There will be free swimming, archery, zip line, kayaking/canoeing,  and much more.  Lunch will be served:  $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children.  There will also be a silent auction.  Funds raised will go toward capital improvements.  www.buffalomountaincamp.org.

HERITAGE DAYS  in Bluff City will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 on Main Street from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  If you would like to set up to sell crafts or  yard sale items, please see the church office for a registration form.  There will be a $10 fee for all new merchandise vendors and a fee of $5.00 for yard sale vendors.  Registration deadline is  September 21.

Raise the Roof!  We have begun placing new roofs on the Wesley Center, Sanctuary and Education Building to address deterioration and leaks.  The projected cost of the project is $36,250.  We welcome your donation to help take care of our buildings that serve as our hub for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with our community and world.  Checks can be made payable to Bluff City UMC and write “Raise the Roof!” in the memo line.

  • SUNDAY, July 15, 2012
  •                   8:45 AM   Contemporary Worship
  •                   10:00 AM   Sunday School
  •                   11:00 AM   Traditional Worship
  •                   5:00 PM  Contemporary Worship Planning Team—FH
  •                   6:30 PM   Praise Band Practice
  • TUESDAY, July 17, 2012
  •                   6:30 PM  Worship (All) Team—FH
  • WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2012
  • 1:30 PM  Traditional Worship Planning Team—Library
  • 7:00 PM  IMPACTJC Organizational Meeting—Cherokee UMC—Johnson City
  • THURSDAY, July 19, 2012
  • 7:00 PM  Transformation Task Force—FH
  • SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2012
  •      10:00 AM  Prayer Meeting—Sanctuary
  • NEXT SUNDAY, July 22, 2012
  •              8:45 AM   Contemporary Worship
  •     10:00 AM   Sunday School
  •     11:00 AM   Traditional Worship
  • 3:00 PM Worship Service and Reception for Dr. Weikel, District Superintendent—Wesley Memorial
  • 6:30 PM   Praise Band Practice

Christ in the Passover

Join us tonight, Wed., April 4 at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall for a potluck dinner and presentation by Rabbi Joe and Dawn Bell titled Christ in the Passover. We will learn about the significance of the Last Supper as a Passover meal. The presentation starts at 6 pm. Hope to see you tonight!

What’s Going On, March 16, 2012

Baptism Sunday will be on Easter Sunday, April 8, in both worship services.  Throughout the history of Christ’s Church, Easter has been an important time for baptisms.  We will remember the significance of our baptisms and baptize anyone not previously baptized who desires to receive the sacrament of baptism.  If you are interested in receiving baptism or believe God is leading you to have your infant/child baptized, talk with Pastor Dan and plan to attend the Connections Orientation on Sunday, April 1.

Connections Orientation is for anyone interested in joining the church as followers of Jesus Christ.  The orientation will be Sunday, April 1, at 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall.  New Members will be received on Easter Sunday, April 8, at either worship service, or another date can be arranged as needed.  Let Pastor Dan know if you are planning to attend the orientation.

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.  Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.”  The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan.  Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection.  In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism.  Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.  Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the
Resurrection.

During our worship services in Lent, our children will be collecting change to give to Change for Children, one of our Holston Conference ministries.  Each year, churches give loose change to benefit children’s ministries in the Holston Conference and in Africa.

GRADUATION SUNDAY is Sunday, May 20. Please give the names of the High School and College graduates to Bobbie Warden by Sunday, April 15.

APPLE BUTTER. There are still plenty of quarts of apple butter
available. If you would like to purchase, please see Elaine Good or Joan Williams. The monies from this go to our Missions Fund.

Youth Villages is a local non-profit organization looking for loving, caring foster parents in your area. For more information on Youth Villages and our program call Jamie Hughes at423-283-6554. Help a child find a way home!

If you are interested in going on the Czech Mission Trip in July, please talk with Tommy Forrester or Jennifer Skaggs.

n the month of March, we celebrate Women’s History Month in our church and the tremendous impact women have had in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.  Each Sunday, we will remember a particular woman’s contribution as we appreciate the role so many women have played in advancing the cause of Christ.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS. The dinner this Wednesday, March 21, is hosted by the Adult Sunday School Class and the menu is Breakfast

CHILDREN’S EASTER CELEBRATION will be held Saturday, April 7, 2012. Please donate non-chocolate and peanut-free candy. There will be a box at the Wesley Center and one near the Willing Worker’s Sunday School Classroom in which you may leave your donation.

Chinquapin Grove Baptist Church has invited us to join them for their Spring Mini-Retreat on Friday night and Saturday morning, March 23 and 24. Kelly Murphy will be the guest speaker. Her heart is to challenge women to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” The Friday session , “All About Love,” is from 7:00—9:00 PM and the Saturday session, “What Not to Wear,” is from 9:00 A.M.—12:00 P.M.. Colossians will the focus. Each session will be held in the Chinquapin Grove Baptist Church sanctuary.

Nursery Workers: Mar. 18: Paula Durham & Joan Williams; Mar. 25: Bobbie Warden & Joan Williams

Greeters for 11 am worship: Tony Lundin and Harold Leonard

Acolytes for 11 am worship: Mar. 18: Luke G; Mar. 25: Jazz S

What’s Going On, March 1, 2012

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which began on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, and ends on Holy Saturday.  Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.”  The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan.  Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection.  In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism.  Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.  Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

For daily devotionals from the Upper Room, visit http://devotional.upperroom.org/.

During our worship services in Lent, our children will be collecting change to give to Change for Children, one of our Holston Conference ministries.  Each year, churches give loose change to benefit children’s ministries in Holston Conference and in Africa.   And each year, several groups receive that pocket change in the form of grants.  Change for Children grants support new and existing  ministries with economically disadvantaged children, from birth to age 12, and their families.  Holston churches and related United Methodist agencies are eligible for these funds.

In the month of March, we celebrate Women’s History Month in our church and the tremendous impact women have had in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.  Each Sunday, we will remember a particular woman’s contribution as we appreciate the role so many women have played in advancing the cause of Christ.

Sunday, March 11, is Invite A Friend Sunday.  We would like each person who regularly attends worship to be praying specifically for someone and to invite them to come to worship that Sunday.  We will celebrate Invite A Friend Sunday the second Sunday of each month.  Of course, you can invite a friend to come any time, but we hope you will make a special effort for Invite A Friend Sundays.

Sunday, March 11, we will welcome the Sullivan East High School Choir and Bluegrass Band to help lead us in worship, under the direction of our beloved Kim Lundin.  The Bluegrass Band will lead songs at the early worship service, and the Choir and Bluegrass Band will lead songs at the second worship service.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS.  The dinner this Wednesday, March 7, is POTLUCK so bring your favorite dish.

HOLSTON EVANGELISM CONFERENCE.  Cokesbury UMC, Knoxville, is hosting the Conference which begins with registration at 5:00 PM Friday, March 16.  The first session is from 7:00—9:00 PM and the second session is on Saturday, March 17 from 8:30 AM—3:30 PM.  If you are interested in this special opportunity, please see Mike Miller or Pastor Dan Gray by Wednesday, March 7.

GRADUATION SUNDAY is Sunday, May 20.  Please give the names of the High School and College graduates to Bobbie Warden by Sunday, April 15.

APPLE  BUTTER.  There are still plenty of quarts of apple butter available.  If you would like to purchase, please see Elaine Good or Joan Williams.  The monies from this go to our Missions Fund.

If you are interested in going on the Czech Mission Trip in July, please talk with Tommy Forrester or Jennifer Skaggs.

Nursery Workers: Mar. 4:  Bill & Joyce Durham; Mar. 11:  Paula Durham & Joan Williams

Greeters:  Tony Lundin and Harold Leonard

 

SUNDAY, Mar. 4, 2012

8:45 AM  Contemporary Worship

10:00 AM  Sunday School

11:00 AM Traditional Worship

6:30 PM Praise Band Practice

 Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2012

6:00 PM Wednesday Night Dinner -POTLUCK – Bring your  favorite dish

6:45  PM Adult Bible Study

6:45  PM Children & Youth

7:30  PM Choir Practice

Thursday, Mar. 8, 2012

7:00 PM Transformation Task Force  – FH

Saturday, Mar. 10, 2012

10:00 AM  Prayer Meeting –  Sanctuary

 

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